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Somalia famine yet to reach its peak: UN

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Food will be increasingly scarce in famine-struck southern Somalia until next year's harvest, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)...

Somali refugees have little chance of celebrating Eid

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Hauling plastic sheeting through the barren scrub of southern Somalia, Jamal Aden and his heavily pregnant wife have no chance of scraping...

Somalian militant leader denounces reluctant fighters

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The leader of al Shabaab militants in Somalia, who were driven out of the capital last week, yesterday lambasted fighters who he...

Suspected US surveillance aircraft crashes in Somalia

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An unmanned aerial vehicle, suspected to belong to the United States, has crashed in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The aircraft crashed into a...

Kenya looks to Somali troops, militia to create border buffer

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From a cluster of tents in southern Somalia's arid wastelands, Sheikh Ahmed Madobe commands a militia battling to repel Islamist rebels from...

OIC pledges US$350 million to Somalia at Turkey summit

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Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries have pledged US$350 million in aid to fight famine in Somalia at an emergency summit...

Turkey to raise Africa profile with Somalia engagement

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A summit of Islamic countries on the famine in Somalia will give host Turkey a chance to display Islamic piety and flex...

Doctors, children flee hospital in Mogadishu fighting

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Islamist al Shabaab rebels fought Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers in northern Mogadishu prompting doctors and children to flee a...

Eritrea’s president in Uganda for security talks

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Eritrea's diplomatically isolated president, accused by the West of stoking Somalia's Islamist rebellion began talks on regional security with Uganda, which provides...

SAAF C130 headed for Somalia

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A South African Air Force C130BZ transport is currently headed to Mogadishu, in Somalia. The aircraft left Air Force Base Waterkloof, in...

Famine squeezes life out of southern Somalia

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The semi-arid lands surrounding the frontier town of Dhobley in southern Somalia have become a dust-bowl, the thorny scrub stripped of all...

SA commits R8mln to assist Somalia

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The South African government has committed more funds to help Somalia as it experiences one of the most severe droughts in its...

SA charity helping in Somalia

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Two planes carrying a South African medical team, including dieticians, paediatricians and food supplies, have landed in famine-hit Somalia. Humanitarian group Gift...

African Union troops say they foiled Somalia suicide blast

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Two suicide bombers attacked African Union peacekeeping soldiers in Somalia yesterday, killing two of them in a gunfight, but were themselves shot...

Why so little comment on Sisulu’s anti-piracy speech?

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu made an eloquent and quite forceful case on Monday night as to why it...

EU gives extra US$40 mln to African drought victims

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The European Union's executive will increase funding for victims of the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, the EU's crisis...

Al Shabaab recruited dozens of Americans: US report

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An al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia, al Shabaab, has recruited more than 40 Muslim Americans to its battle in the war-ravaged country...

SADC defence conference “historic”

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) defence chiefs, as well as heads of intelligence agencies are meeting in a historic three-day conference outside...

Somalia’s new women’s minister snatched by rebels

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Somalia's new minister for women was snatched by Islamist rebels 30 km outside the capital, Mogadishu, almost immediately after her appointment was...

UN begins food aid airlift to rebel-held Somalia

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The United Nations said it had started airlifting food aid to rebel-held parts of drought-hit Somalia and that Islamist insurgents had abided...

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